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Old 02-01-2013, 05:19 PM   #1
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AHHH!! Resolution Problem


Hello,

I'm somewhat new at doing things in Linux, and have found that getting the screen resolution that my card suports is extreamly dificult. I would love to figure this out and change from an MS Windows user to a Linux user.

This is what I have,
Video Card: Nvidia Gforce GTX550TI
Monitor: CTL 220UW
OS: Ubuntu Studio 12.10 AMD64

I have tried some suggestion that I have found with no avail.

Here is some of the things I have tried,

xrandr -s 1280x1024
Size 1280x1040 not found in available modes

xrandr -q
Screen 0: minimum 8 x 8, current 1024 x 768, maximum 16384 x 16384
DVI-I-0 connected 1024x768+0+0 (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) 0mm x 0mm
1024x768 60.0*+
1360x768 60.0 59.8
1152x864 60.0
800x600 72.2 60.3 56.2
680x384 119.9 119.6
640x480 59.9
512x384 120.0
400x300 144.4
320x240 120.1
DVI-I-1 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)
DVI-I-2 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)
HDMI-0 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)
DVI-I-3 disconnected (normal left inverted right x ax

I even changed and added some xorg.conf file lines as was suggested.
Changed line shown in blue, added line shown in red

Section "Screen"
Identifier "Screen0"
Device "Device0"
Monitor "Monitor0"
DefaultDepth 24
Option "Stereo" "0"
Option "nvidiaXineramaInfoOrder" "CRT-0"
Option "metamodes" "1280x1024 +0+0; nvidia-auto-select +0+0"
SubSection "Display"
Depth 24
Modes "1280x1024" "1280x1024" "1152x864" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
EndSubSection
EndSection

This did not work either.


I don't want to go back to Windows just because I can't get the resolution I need for my hobbies. (3D modeling and animation, Video)

Thanks in advance for you time and help,
bobkoonce
 
Old 02-01-2013, 06:23 PM   #2
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Did you try the proprietary Nvidia drivers? IIRC, there are some problems with the GTX550 cards and the nouveau driver.
 
Old 02-01-2013, 06:27 PM   #3
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I'm not sure what your refering to (proprietary Nvidia drivers), I'm new to Ubuntu.
 
Old 02-01-2013, 06:42 PM   #4
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https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Bi...erHowto/Nvidia

Last edited by tsester; 02-01-2013 at 06:44 PM.
 
Old 02-01-2013, 08:55 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by bobkoonce View Post
I'm not sure what your refering to (proprietary Nvidia drivers), I'm new to Ubuntu.
Ubuntu (and most other Linux distributions) come with open source graphics drivers for your videocard by default. In the current state those drivers are not supporting the full functionality (especially 3D, video decoding and power management) of your card and have problems with some cards.
So, especially since you need stable drivers for your work with 3D software, I would recommend to install the proprietary drivers developed by Nvidia instead, those will give you full functionality and most likely solve your resolution problems.
To install those drivers just follow the instructions here: http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/u...al-nvidia.html
 
Old 02-01-2013, 11:12 PM   #6
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Run command

apt-cache search nvidia

You will get
Quote:
dmraid - Device-Mapper Software RAID support tool
jockey-common - user interface and desktop integration for driver management
jockey-gtk - GNOME user interface and desktop integration for driver management
jockey-kde - KDE user interface and desktop integration for driver management
libkwinactivenvidiahack4 - library used by nvidia cards for the KDE window manager
libkwinnvidiahack4 - library used by nvidia cards for the KDE window manager
libvdpau-dev - Video Decode and Presentation API for Unix (development files)
libvdpau-doc - Video Decode and Presentation API for Unix (documentation)
libvdpau1 - Video Decode and Presentation API for Unix (libraries)
nvidia-common - Find obsolete NVIDIA drivers
nvidia-settings - Tool of configuring the NVIDIA graphics driver
xserver-xorg-video-nouveau - X.Org X server -- Nouveau display driver
xserver-xorg-video-nouveau-dbg - X.Org X server -- Nouveau display driver (debug symbols)
boinc-nvidia-cuda - metapackage for CUDA-savvy BOINC client and manager
libthrust-dev - Thrust - C++ template library for CUDA
nouveau-firmware - Firmware for nVidia graphics cards
nvidia-cg-toolkit - Cg Toolkit - GPU Shader Authoring Language
nvidia-173 - NVIDIA binary Xorg driver, kernel module and VDPAU library
nvidia-173-dev - NVIDIA binary Xorg driver development files
nvidia-173-updates - NVIDIA binary Xorg driver, kernel module and VDPAU library
nvidia-173-updates-dev - NVIDIA binary Xorg driver development files
nvidia-96 - NVIDIA binary Xorg driver, kernel module and VDPAU library
nvidia-96-dev - NVIDIA binary Xorg driver development files
nvidia-96-updates - NVIDIA binary Xorg driver, kernel module and VDPAU library
nvidia-96-updates-dev - NVIDIA binary Xorg driver development files
nvidia-current - NVIDIA binary Xorg driver, kernel module and VDPAU library
nvidia-current-dev - NVIDIA binary Xorg driver development files
nvidia-current-updates - NVIDIA binary Xorg driver, kernel module and VDPAU library
nvidia-current-updates-dev - NVIDIA binary Xorg driver development files
nvidia-settings-updates - Tool of configuring the NVIDIA graphics driver
conky-all - highly configurable system monitor (all features enabled)
cpufreqd - fully configurable daemon for dynamic frequency and voltage scaling
flashrom - Identify, read, write, erase, and verify BIOS/ROM/flash chips
gimp-normalmap - Normal map plugin for GIMP
libnvtt-bin - NVIDIA Texture Tools (Binaries)
libnvtt-dev - NVIDIA Texture Tools (Header)
libnvtt2 - NVIDIA Texture Tools
nvclock - Overclock an NVIDIA card
nvclock-gtk - Overclock an NVIDIA card (GTK+ interface)
nvclock-qt - Overclock an NVIDIA card (Qt interface)
nvtv - tool to control TV chips on NVidia cards under Linux
psensor - display graphs for monitoring hardware temperature
psensor-server - Psensor server for monitoring hardware sensors remotely
pyrit - GPGPU-driven WPA/WPA2-PSK key cracker
smartdimmer - Change LCD brightness on Geforce cards
sysinfo - display computer and system information
trigger-rally-data - free 3D rally racing car game - data files
vdpau-va-driver - VDPAU-based backend for VA API
vdpauinfo - Video Decode and Presentation API for Unix (vdpauinfo utility)
nvidia-settings-experimental-304 - Tool of configuring the NVIDIA graphics driver
nvidia-settings-experimental-310 - Tool for configuring the NVIDIA graphics driver
xserver-xorg-video-nouveau-lts-quantal - X.Org X server -- Nouveau display driver
xserver-xorg-video-nouveau-lts-quantal-dbg - X.Org X server -- Nouveau display driver (debug symbols)
nvidia-experimental-304 - Experimental NVIDIA binary Xorg driver, kernel module and VDPAU library
nvidia-experimental-304-dev - NVIDIA binary Xorg driver development files
nvidia-experimental-310 - Experimental NVIDIA binary Xorg driver, kernel module and VDPAU library
nvidia-experimental-310-dev - NVIDIA binary Xorg driver development files
Usually I just install nvidia-experimental-310 but nvidia-current works to.

just install like this
Quote:
sudo apt-get isntall nvidia-experimental-310
You can also download the driver from the nvidia website but you'll always have to reinstall the driver after kernel update. So install with packagemanger is always recommended.

Last edited by jmc1987; 02-01-2013 at 11:15 PM.
 
Old 02-12-2013, 06:56 PM   #7
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Hello.

I hope you can help. My issues seems to be with Nouveau not recognising or running the Nvidia drivers properly. I get through to login screens without issue but once there the display settings are limited to one or two choices neither of which are anywhere near the optimal settings for the monitor (1280X1040 I believe).

The reason I say one or two is because I have now tried three different distros (M14, U12.10 and now Fed18) with basically the same results. Here is the history.

Starting out with Mint 10 (which is where I am looking to roll back to unless I can find some real answers) I decided to upgrade to M14 after my PC became corrupted during a house move. The Graphics card worked fine in M10.

Once installed I noticed the lack of graphics options so hunted through the Mint forums for advice. The first thing I noticed was that the the Nouveau Nvidia drivers had installed as per expectations and were listed in the other authorised software sources tab from the settings page but still no joy.

At one point after three days of trying, I seemed to have cracked it but I cannot recall the exact changes I made (I think it involved the nouveau-nvidia package in M14) because I was just happy to have proper resolution on my screen. However after about three days and having made no changes the set-up failed back.

Now I have read a lot of forums/threads and tried just about every "solution" out there (I even attempted to rebuild the kernel to Zen and I don't even know what that means exactly), even though I am an almost complete novice, but I am pretty sure what is happening is that Nouveau is overriding the Nvidia drivers either at the OS or BIOS level. I have tried at least 20 different ways of preventing and changing this from blacklisting to removing it and installing different packages. But once I move away from the as-built config, eventually something fails.

In M14 I know it was the X server as I received an error message to tell me so. I'm not sure what happened in U12.10 and F18 as they just locked up.

What I am finding frustrating apart from the hours and days I have spent on this and the now too numerous rebuilds I have gone through is:

1) my Nvidia GE7600 worked out of the box in M10 but now several years later and with supposed improvements applied to the O/S across all distros, it does not and
2) this issue is appearing on all of the forums across all of the distros and yet they have been "shipped" with the fatal flaw.

And its not as if I'm using some Bulgarian cloned graphics card either. This is an Nvidia card that less than three years old.

So please help me but also please remember if your "solution" is already posted in a forum somewhere I've probably already tried it. To me this issue is an architectural one and goes back to Nouveau which is far as I understand, is an "innovation" of recent releases.

Why?
 
Old 02-12-2013, 07:20 PM   #8
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How did you install the nvidia driver? I just had an issue with Mint Debian where I install the driver from the package manager and then updated my system and nvidia driver quit functioning. One of the errors that the module wasn't found which when I tried to install it from CLI it said the packages was installed. So I uninstalled the nvidia driver and deleted the /etc/X11/xorg.conf then reinstalled the driver and ran nvidia-xconfig to write the new file. Rebooted and finally got it to work.

Usually I do uninstall the Opensource driver prior to installing nvidia's drivers. This is something you can do. Besure you read and unerstand what you are doing though.
 
Old 02-12-2013, 07:30 PM   #9
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Darwin Barn,

you can check the driver in use with
Code:
lsmod | grep -e "nvidia\|nouveau"
please send the output of
Code:
lsmod

Last edited by tsester; 02-12-2013 at 07:32 PM.
 
Old 02-12-2013, 08:00 PM   #10
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Hello JMC1987 and tsester.

Not ten minutes after posting this comment I stumble across this site.

http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/u...al-nvidia.html

It goes into some detail about yet another way to bash Nouveau into shape but for once it makes the statement that I think should come with all "solutions" potsed about the this issue, namely; Warning! Not guaranteed to succeed, mind you.

Refreshingly honest yet not even this was what impressed me. What impressed followed immediately afterwards and I quote....

As a side note, on Pangolin, everything works superbly, flawlessly, using the standard method, and even with the latest Driver 310 Beta, which supposedly improves the performance by many tens of percents, as much as doubling the figures, although we will be testing that soon. Here's a humble set of screenshots from Ubuntu 12.04, which you should be using and not Quetzal, by the way:

While I haven't actually gone home to try U12.04 what the dedoimedo webmaster is saying and what I have suspected is that when it comes to Nvidia - Nouveau in U12.10 is broken. As a result M14 is like wise cactus. Not sure how that then translates to Fed 18 but surely the issue lies with Nouveau there as well.

I'll let you know how I get on with 12.04 once the install is done tonight.

cheers for the quick response.

b
 
  


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